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The American Oriental Society was chartered under the laws of Massachusetts on September 7, 1842. It is one of the oldest learned societies in America,[1] and is the oldest devoted to a particular field of scholarship.[2]

American Oriental Society
American Oriental Society medallion
EstablishedSeptember 7, 1842
TypeLearned society

It is closely associated with Yale University, which is the site of its library. The society publishes a journal quarterly, the Journal of the American Oriental Society, the most important American serial publication in the historical languages of Asia. Former presidents include Theodore Dwight Woolsey,[1] James Hadley,[1] William Dwight Whitney,[1] Daniel C. Gilman,[1] William H. Ward, Crawford H. Toy, Morris Jastrow, Jr., Harold H. Bender and Ludo Rocher.


  1. ^ a b c d e "ASU professor named president of American Oriental Society". ASU Now. April 8, 2011.
  2. ^ "American Oriental Society". ACLS. Retrieved December 21, 2011.

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